We take them for granted in our computing machines today (even storage engineers with vast arrays of disk drives) but during most of our lifetimes, the first disk drives have emerged and evolved into what we have today.
Friday, Oct 21st 2016 (1:52am)
That thing is generate random numbers. Sure, their output LOOKS random when we want it to, but it really isn't.
That is, until now. A couple of computer scientists from the University of Texas have produced a new randomness extractor that actually spits out a truly random bit. It may seem small but this is huge, with major implications in cryptology.
Monday, May 30th 2016 (12:00am)
Did you know that you cannot claim a font face as intellectual property, but instead only the font name? Well with that in mind, here are over 27,000 of them for you to download. Protip: Don't just get a bunch of them and install to your system. Get a font manager.
Friday, Aug 7th 2015 (3:01am)
A rude designer has mixed together Comic Sans and Papyrus typefaces together, thus creating the Nelly and Tim McGraw of fonts. The eye-tearing combination was concocted by Ben Harman, a once respectable graphic designer who's gone rogue.
Monday, Mar 30th 2015 (12:01am)
I'm not particularly a Mac fan, but I don't hate them either. Here are the additional features and developments with each release of the Mac operating system for the past decade and a half.
Sunday, Dec 7th 2014 (6:05am)
Games, like all other software, go through many revisions to add or remove features and shake out bugs. When these spot fixes get made, they are documented in a changelog. As this twitter feed illustrates, when taken out of context some of these patch notes can be pretty damn funny.
The era of cognitive computing has begun, IBM has developed a processor that can 'rewire' itself in a manner similar to how our brains route neural synapses in reaction to experience and new knowledge. It's now only a matter of time before they realize that humanity is the weak link.
Monday, Aug 22nd 2011 (12:02am)
IBM's Watson completed its challenge, winning handily at Jeopardy versus the show's two best-known champions this week. If you missed seeing the broadcasts (like me), the yootoobs has all 3 days of competition, resplendent in HD.
If you've watched any football over the past weekend, you've no doubt seen the IBM ads for Watson, a computer that's facing off with champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter for a special Jeopardy! tournament in February.
Yesterday, they played a warm-up game at IBM hq in Yorktown and... Watson won. But that's not a given for go-time. Like Jennings and Rutter, it's not hooked up to the internet, and it has to deal with puns, entendres, and evolving slang. Plus it has to physically push the buzzer.
Monday, Jan 17th 2011 (12:02am)
But I really hate Apple, and the assholes running the show. Aside from their refusal to license any Mac clones, Apple just doesn't play well with others.
The primary reason for this, imho, is Steve Jobs - the same man who (allegedly) sold out Steve Wozniack for $2100.
Here are my top 3 reasons Apple sucks. (There are more, but I have to release the hate, man.)
iTunes sucks - MediaMonkey is a much better media player, and it can sync iPhones to a limited degree, but the phone's ultimate reliance on iTunes handicaps MM's utility.
App approval is...questionable.
The Developer Agreement is...fascist
Tuesday, Apr 6th 2010 (4:05pm)
Among the list of things I geek over, fonts rank high. I compulsively point out fonts I recognize everywhere I go, and it aggravates Sunny to no end. My inability to shut the hell up about the rampant misuse of Comic Sans has put me on the do-not-serve list of many a bakery and laundromat.
The problem with being a font geek is that fonts are fucking EXPENSIVE. The last time I went hunting for a cool font I saw on TV or something, it was 400 bucks. Fuck that. The League of Moveable Type has a fantastic collection of open-source fonts, and they're all FREE.
What's the most useful button on your remote control?
Nothing! Player's off!
King Kong (2005)
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